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Detroit Tigers Links: Brennan Boesch's chances & Rick Porcello is focusing on his curveball

Brennan Boesch's chances around the big leagues, Rick Porcello is focusing on his curveball, and Elvis Andrus sits out because of tattoo soreness. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


WAR, a case study: Fielder vs. Ryan
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The other night I tweeted that Prince Fielder's 50-homer season in 2007 -- when he hit .288/.395/.618 -- rates as the lowest wins above replacement total among the 42 seasons a player has hit at least 50.

Rick Porcello Focusing on Curveball
Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Injured Tigers OF Brennan Boesch missing chance to impress other teams
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

The Tigers conclude the first week of the exhibition season today, and Boesch has missed all of it. Once again today, before a game against the host Tampa Bay Rays, manager Jim Leyland didn’t offer any definitive word on when he might play.

Yankees will aim higher than Tigers' Brennan Boesch to replace Granderson
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

The Yankees' immediate concern is their 2013 outlook, which suffered a significant blow with outfielder Curtis Granderson lost for 10 weeks, until at least May, after getting hit by a pitch in his spring debut.

Elvis Andrus of Texas Rangers scratched due to soreness from tattoo
ESPN Dallas, Ron Matejko

Oh. OK then.

To glove or not to glove, that is the question
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

I was sitting here in the press box, slowly losing track of the many mid-game substitutions and watching my scoresheet turn into a mess of misspelled names and inaccurate notations when -- suddenly! -- a ball was fouled back behind the third base line.'s auto-renewal policy is clearly explained on its website: A short story
Baseball Nation, Jon Bois

The dreaded auto-renewal. Mine happened a few days ago. We all know it's coming, and yet we all still get really, really irritated.

Cleveland Indians lower prices on hot dogs, beer and other concessions
Big League Stew, David Brown

The Cleveland Indians continue to win the offseason.